Interview: WALL

“Welly, welly, welly, welly, welly, welly, well. To what do I owe the extreme pleasure of this surprising visit?” – Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange
WALL is a London-based producer, writer, and vocalist, who’s songs contain muted basslines and scattered synths that frame her soft voice perfectly. Read the interview below to find out who her musical inspirations are and when she first started singing.
Racquel Cocchiola: When did you first start singing?
WALL: When me and my sister were little we used to go on long car journeys to reach our holiday spot. I would sing loud and out of tune with headphones on, which infuriated everyone. If you asked me when I started singing well that would be a different question.
RC: What did your family do to encourage you while growing up, were they supportive of your singing career?
WALL: They always encouraged me to play. I tried to learn piano, I dabbled in a few instruments, but in general I had a small concentration span and a big imagination. I preferred writing stories and designing little picture books. Creating stuff was way more important to me than reading sheet music.
RC: Who are your musical inspirations?
WALL: My musical heros are Elliott Smith, Beth Gibbons, Patti Smith, Cat Power, Neil Young, John Lennon… I could go on.
RC: What embarrassing songs might I find on your MP3 player?
WALL: The Weepies are my guilty pleasure.
RC: Where would you most like to perform?
WALL: Shepherds Bush Empire in London is a mile-stone for me.
RC: Who would you most like to open for?
WALL: Portishead or St Vincent.
RC: If you weren’t singing, what would you be doing?
WALL: Being a vintage car dealer.
RC: What hidden talents do you have?
WALL: I’m good at cutting boys’ hair. I only have one style though, it’s like the floppy Beatles’ mop.
RC: Does the music you have written have any special meaning behind their lyrics?
WALL: The music is there to be supportive of the tune, and the arrangements leave as little as possible in the same frequency as the vocal. There’s a lot of bass. My lyrics are all pretty personal, and a bit abstract sometimes too. They mean something to me and hopefully other people get something out of them too.
RC: Where do you hope to be in the music industry in the future?
WALL: I’d like to be able to tour and play to a room of people. How big that room is doesn’t matter so much. If I have a platform to make and put out records I’m happy.
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